copper or carbon leads


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copper or carbon leads

Postby loopy » Thu May 05, 2016 10:29 pm



About to replace my spark plug leads on my 1984 Goldwing

Can someone please advice me whether to replace with carbon or copper leads.



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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby twocams » Fri May 06, 2016 6:31 pm

I dont think you want to use either one. No carbon for sure.


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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby loopy » Fri May 06, 2016 11:16 pm

Ok then, if not carbon or copper- what do you suggest

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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby deanbw » Fri May 06, 2016 11:51 pm

I did mine with stainless, the plugs are resistor plugs anyway so radio static will be handled anyway. I also bought these caps.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-1976-87-G ... uw&vxp=mtr

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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby loopy » Sat May 07, 2016 1:30 am

Are those NGK caps still OK for a 1200 Goldy.

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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby twocams » Sat May 07, 2016 10:04 am

What do U mean are they still OK? I just bought some of these from same guy looks like. I had bought new coils that had wires already attached. But always had misfires on # 2 & 4 cylinders. So I bought new caps and has taken care of 95% of that problem.

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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby deanbw » Sat May 07, 2016 12:23 pm

loopy wrote:Are those NGK caps still OK for a 1200 Goldy.

They are on mine,work perfect
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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby loopy » Sat May 07, 2016 6:58 pm

Thank you everyone. Dean a- What did you polish your side covers with to get them so shiney

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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby deanbw » Sat May 07, 2016 8:34 pm

loopy wrote:Thank you everyone. Dean a- What did you polish your side covers with to get them so shiney

I first glass beaded them in my blast cabinet, then sanded with 400grit, next black buffing compound on the buffing wheel to cut and blend scratches, then green to finish. I could have gone to white but I don't see it as necessary. then I hand rub with meguires mag wheel polish. To protect it and give the stock look, I spray it with high heat clear. I glass beaded the carb bodies and did the same to the carb covers and belt covers as I did to the valve covers. it takes a little time but worth it. I do get a little carried away (OCD) I also bought all new bolts from Honda and the rest stainless to finish it off. Thanks for asking, sorry for rambling


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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby Rusty Bike » Sun May 08, 2016 8:27 pm

So, which plug wires for top performance. I could care less about the radio interference, I doubt I'll ever turn it on while rideing. Thanks

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Re: copper or carbon leads

Postby deanbw » Sun May 08, 2016 10:01 pm

Well, some will say while solid core stainless or copper gives a very near zero resistance, they can interfere with electronic modules,making them best suited to magnito or points ignitions and while carbon gives higher resistance numbers, it does not interfere with electronics.
That all said, I just went to my local (better) auto parts supplier and bought bulk stainless wire with no ill effects on electronics or radios.
I don't see much difference in most run of the mill wire brands. You can go top of the line and get Granatelli wires there claim to fame is solid core wire with near zero resistance and no effect on electronics.....of course you will need about 225.00 to get a set, not worth it in my eye.
So after all that just go get about 8ft of bulk stainless wire regardless of brand and be happy with shiny new wires




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